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Platteville Community Fund presents spring grants
Spring 2015 Platteville Community Fund grant recipients include (front, from left) Kathy Kopp of the Platteville Regional Chamber, Jen Schweigert of the Platteville Community Arboretum, Linda Bernhardt of UWExtension Grant County, Wally Orzechowski of the Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program, Margaret Ruf of the Platteville Chorale, (middle) Teresa Alderson of Habitat for Humanity, Erin Isabell of the Platteville Public Library, Stephanie Saager-Bourett of the Platteville Museums, Lee Negrelli of Platteville Human Powered Trails, vocal music teacher Amelia Armstrong and English Language Learning specialist Val Shaw of Platteville Public Schools, Rev. Zayna Thompson of Family Promise; Sabrina Earl of Family Connections, (back) Brandi Kamps of Southwest Opportunities Center, Kayla Leibfried of Wisconsin Badger Camp, Kerie Wedige of UWPlatteville College for Kids/Middle University, Connie Steinhoff of Platteville Senior Center, Chad Jordan of Platteville Human Powered Trails, Steve Olenchek of Platteville Community Arboretum, Jodie Richards of the City of Platteville, and Rev. Michael Short of Family Promise.

The Platteville Community Fund presented 20 grants to 18 organizations at the spring grants reception Wednesday.

“Today we are making awards totaling in excess of $32,000,” said PCF chair Nathan Curry. “These monies are available through the generosity of now deceased former residents who made legacy gifts to the community, including Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Robert and Marjorie Hartshorn, Margaret Keizer and Claudyne Gies. We are forever thankful for these investments made many years ago.  These trusts have been giving back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.”

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, holds two grant cycles per year. Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 180 grants totaling $346,188.50. 

The Platteville Community Fund received 25 applications with total requests in excess of $95,000.  Spring 2015 grant recipients include:

• City of Platteville: $1,000 in support of new Platteville Welcomes You signs.

• Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin: $1,000 in support of families through the community events and outreach program.

• Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce: $300 for entertainment for the children’s programing for the 2015 Festival of the Arts.

• Platteville School District: $2,200 for software for the English Language Learning laboratory.

• UW–Extension Grant County: $250 for the 2015 Creative Youth Expo.

• UW–Platteville Office of Continuing Education: $1,000 to support of the 2015 College for Kids/Middle University program.

• Wisconsin Badger Camp: $1,000 for camperships for attendees from the Platteville School District.

• Platteville Community Arboretum: $7,000 for Moving Platteville Outdoors.

• Southwest Opportunities Center: $1,030 for recliners for the Day Services and Golden Seniors Program.

• Platteville High School Vocal Music Department: $1,906 for choral residency and commissioning of a choral piece for grades 6 through 12.

• Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program: $750 for MCOP and specifically for the English Language Learning program in Grant County.

• City of Platteville Museum Department: $1,500 for stacking chairs.

• City of Platteville Parks & Recreation Department/Platteville Human Powered Trails: $2,000 to construct trail kiosks.

• Family Promise of Grant County: $5,500 to purchase and maintain a van.

• Habitat for Humanity of Grant County: $500 for home build number 11.

• Platteville Regional Chamber: $500 for flower baskets on Main Street.

• Platteville Chorale: $500 grant for a school tour by the Children’s Choir.

• Platteville Community Arboretum: $1,500 to purchase solar telescopes for the environmental education lending library, housed at Platteville Middle School.

• Platteville Senior Center: $2,500 to purchase the mechanisms for an auto-swing door for the front entrance.

• Platteville Public Library: $700 for a Meet the Author Series for young readers ages 6 to 12.

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board, including Ron Boldt, Shirley Bowden, Louise Brockman, Alison Bunte, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber, Jan Weier and Angie Wright.